eARC Review: Girl of Fire, by Gabrielle Mathieu

girl-of-fire-gabrielle-mathieuRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy


I received an eARC for this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Berona loves the wilderness, and dreams of finding true love. When an ancient Water Demon threatens her and everything she loves, Berona knows she must make a choice and become stronger. She decides to join the Yellow Cloaks to learn how to become a warrior and kill demons, hopefully without losing her dreams in the process. Continue reading

Mini-Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fiction, Gothic


We Have Always Lived in the Castle tells the story of Mary Katherine and her sister Constance, who live their Uncle Julian in the old mansion  where the rest of their family died. The villagers hate them, but they’ve managed to have a quiet life despite the animosity. This will all change once Cousin Charles decides to pay a visit…

This book was such a deliciously whimsical, Gothic read! I loved it so much. Mary Katherine is one of the best characters I’ve read in a while, smart, a bit wild, and definitely up to no good. The atmosphere of the book so tense you always feel like it will all fall apart. Constance is a bit of an enigma to me, so kind and lovely but her involvement in the murders is not clear, so you always have a suspicion about her sweet temperament – did she or didn’t she? I loved also that there is so much talk about food in this book – there is something ritualistic about the way so much of their lives go around the meals they will have, especially considering the way their family died.

This short novel is full of mystery, witty dialogue and it’s such an entertaining read! If you’ve never read anything Gothic before, I think it’s a great place to start.

Review: A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore

a spell of winter helen dunmoreRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Gothic Literary Fiction


‘I saw an arm fall off a man once,’ said Kate.

So begins A Spell of Winter, the inaugural winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, now known as Women’s Prize for Fiction. I am partial to a good Gothic story, so it comes as no surprise that I loved this book!

A Spell of Winter tells the story of Cathy, a girl living with her cold grandfather and her brother Rob in England, in a big house that once was full of life, before her mother ran away and her father was locked away in a sanatorium. As Cathy’s life becomes more complicated and full of dark secrets, and World War I slowly starts to threaten the their quiet town, she must not let herself break. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Behind Closed Doors, by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors B A ParisRating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller


Jack and Grace are a perfect couple – he is handsome and rich, she is charming and loving. But behind closed doors, things may not be so perfect after all.

This was the second B. A. Paris book I read, after The Breakdown, and I loved it so much. I am partial to books about couples that aren’t what they seem, so I was definitely inclined to like this one anyway. I listened to this in audio, which was absolutely brilliant! It was so well done, and kept the story just as (or even more) gripping and intense as reading it would have been. This is a whip-smart thriller that I highly recommend.

The Sunday Snuggle W40/2019: September Wrap Up, Giveaway Winner

Hello readers!

I love this first week of October because it’s when all the Halloween TBRs and recommendations start showing up in blogs and I just love reading those. That’s how I found out about some of my favorite books of all time – I love a good creepy read.

The giveaway is now over and I’m happy to announce the winner!

🥳 The Orangutan Librarian🥳

I’ve DM-ed and emailed you about it, and I’m so glad you won – I’ve followed your blog for ages and have lots of fun with your posts, so I’m really content with the result! 🙂

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Review: Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Horror


Lock Every Door is the story of Jules, a young woman who just lost her job and is now crashing at her friend’s place. When she sees a job opportunity as an apartment sitter at the grand, mysterious and glamorous Bartholomew, she can hardly believe her luck. All she has to do is live in the apartment for the next few weeks and she’ll have enough time and money to start over. But the rules of apartment sitting are strict and clear: no visitors, no spending nights outside of the Bartholomew, no bothering the neighbors. And there is something not quite right about the place, which becomes even more creepy when another apartment sitter disappears in the middle of the night. Continue reading

My Halloween-themed TBR for October, 2019 Edition

Hello readers!

Every October I choose a few spooky, witchy or otherwise Halloween-themed books, and this year will be no different! It’s just the perfect weather to pick up something a bit eerie, creepy, atmospheric and magical.

Other posts I wrote on previous October reads:

My October 2018 Spooky TBR

Spooky Books I Got This October

Books I Want to Read for Halloween

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All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders has been on my TBR for a while! I’ve owned this book for maybe a year or two, so I’m excited to read it. It’s a book that seems to be more on the weird side than horror, but it’s magical and witchy and strange, so I thought it was pretty cool for October!

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman is also not horror, but sounds delightful, dangerous and has monsters, so it’s a pretty Halloween-y book in my opinion. Also the edition I have has illustrations and I’m super excited for it!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a horror book! Yay! Of all the books I’d like to read this month, this is the one I’m most excited for, so I might just pick it up first. Continue reading